I've never asked this question before, to anyone ranging from the youngest tom to the CO to Civilian experts and never received a wide range of answers. So Why arent they there? According to the Nato website the reason is: They are a bunch of cowardly wankers, who prefer to make things up, rather than find out the truth. Which is a description of their role not their reason. I've concluded that everyone picks their own answer which they are comfortable with, which is why for a enthusiastic 19 year old out of training, the opportunity to write complete bollix, is more than enough reason for not being there, whereas an older dog might cite the special relationship and the damage we could be doing by not tagging along... I believe the coward argument isnt weak. We have homegrown cowards now. The narcotics argument is a non-starter: they can get just as much coke as they like right here. I personally think this folly is worth the life of at least several journos: So why arent they there? Answers below please.